The Essential Network Virtualization Books for Network Engineers

The Essential Network Virtualization Books for Network Engineers

Solutions Review compiles the most essential books on network virtualization that any network engineer or administrator needs to add to their reading list.

Are you a network engineer or administrator that focuses on network virtualization? Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and network virtualization is no exception. We’ve listed the top network virtualization books that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in the field of networks and network virtualization.

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Foundations of Modern Networking: SDN, NFV, QoE, IoT, and Cloud

by William Stallings

Foundations of Modern Networking is a comprehensive, unified survey of modern networking technology and applications for today’s professionals, managers, and students. Dr. William Stallings offers clear and well-organized coverage of five key technologies that are transforming networks: Software-Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Quality of Experience (QoE), the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud-based services.


Guide to Security in SDN and NFV: Challenges, Opportunities, and Applications (Computer Communications and Networks)

by Shao Ying Zhu, Sandra Scott-Hayward, Ludovic Jacquin, and Richard Hill

“This book highlights the importance of security in the design, development and deployment of systems based on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), together referred to as SDNFV. Presenting a comprehensive guide to the application of security mechanisms in the context of SDNFV, the content spans fundamental theory, practical solutions, and potential applications in future networks. […] This informative and practical volume is an essential resource for researchers interested in the potential of SDNFV systems to address a broad range of network security challenges.”


Network Function Virtualization

by Ken Gray and Thomas D. Nadeau

“Network Function Virtualization provides an architectural, vendor-neutral level overview of the issues surrounding the large levels of data storage and transmission requirements needed for today’s companies, also enumerating the benefits of NFV for the enterprise. Drawing upon years of practical experience, and using numerous examples and an easy-to-understand framework, authors Tom Nadeau and Ken Gary discuss the relevancy of NFV anda how it can be effectively used to create and deploy new services.”


Network Function Virtualization: Concepts and Applicability in 5G Networks

by Ying Zhang

“Network Function Virtualization: Concepts and Applicability in 5G Networks reviews new technologies that enable NFV, such as Software Defined Networks (SDN), network virtualization, and cloud computing. It also provides an in-depth investigation of the most advanced open source initiatives in this area, including OPNFV, Openstack, and Opendaylight. Finally, this book goes beyond literature review and industry survey by describing advanced research topics such as service chaining, VNF orchestrations, and network verification of NFV systems.”


Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with a Touch of SDN

by Rajendra Chayapathi, Syed Hassan, and Paresh Shah

“Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will drive dramatic cost reductions while also accelerating service delivery. Using NFV with SDN, network owners can provision new functions rapidly on demand, improve scalability, and leverage microservices. Benefits like these will make NFV indispensable for service providers, mobile operators, telcos, and enterprises alike.”

Network Virtualization

by Victor Moreno and Kumar Reddy

“Network Virtualization provides design guidance for virtualized enterprise networks and arms network architects with the background necessary to make sound technological choices in the face of different business requirements. As a means of introduction, Network Virtualization lays out the fundamentals of enterprise network design. The book builds upon these fundamental principles to introduce the different virtualization methods as the logical evolution of the enterprise network architecture.”


SDN and NFV: Essentials

by Joseph Ioffrada

“This book describes these technologies, the main implementation use cases and the different industry players strategies. In particular, it explains how the value propositions of hardware vendors, service providers, operators and integrators are being jostled by SDN and NFV. Investors, executives and sales will get the understanding of SDN and NFV and their economical impact, which is vital to drive their businesses through the next decade. This work will also benefit network engineers, architects, or students getting the key concepts and dynamics of this technology.”


SDN and NFV Simplified: A Visual Guide to Understanding Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization

by Jim Doherty

“SDN (Software Defined Networks) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) are today’s hottest areas of networking. Many executives, investors, sales professionals, and marketers need a solid working understanding of these technologies, but most books on the subject are written specifically for network engineers and other technical experts. SDN and NFV Simplified fills that gap, offering highly visual, “at-a-glance” explanations of SDN, NFV, and their underlying virtualization.”


Software Networks: Virtualization, SDN, 5G, and Security

by Guy Pujolle

“Software Networks describe new concepts for the Internet’s next generation. This architecture is based on virtual networking using Cloud and datacenter facilities. The main problems to be dealt with are the placement of virtual resources for opening a new network on the fly, and the urbanization of virtual resources implemented on physical network equipment. The digital architecture also deals with mechanisms capable of automatically controlling the placement of all virtual resources within the physical network. This book describes how to create and delete virtual networks on the fly.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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